"It is my privilege to be behind the lens, making photographs, and turning moments into something magical, hopefully, to draw spectators into a different world, full of stories and emotions."
- Zakaria Ahmed
Zakaria Ahmed is a New York City based documentary photographer. He believes art and photography to be outlets of self-discovery, of personal expression and tools for social change. He portrays an intimate human relationship with contemporary society and time, through his works. He believes that, access to a subject's personal moment is a precious gift. Zak honors this trust by working hard to create honest story-telling photographs. He knows the power of still images and individual’s ability to impact the world at large.
Through his lens, Zak searches individual's inner beauty and resembles it through his works. His photographs consist of this uncanny beauty, which depicts unimaginable stories.
Zakaria is passionate about visual works such as typography, web design, logo design and drawing. He speaks 4 languages, and currently resides in Queens, New York.
"The Other Side of Me", The Plaxall Gallery, 5-46 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY, 2017.
"The Other Side of Me", Spring Natural, 98 Kenmare St, New York, NY, 2017.
"The Other Side of Me", LaGuardia Photography Gallery, Long Island City, NY 2016-2017.
"Photo Catalogs, Seoul Photo Festival", South Korea, 2016.
"The Last Picture Photo Show", New York Photo Festival, POWERHOUSE ARENA, NYC, 2015.
"Beyond Sacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity" - City Hall, New York City, NY July 2015.
"Beyond Sacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity" - Queens Museum of Arts, NY February 2015.
"Beyond Sacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity" - LaGuardia Photography Gallery, Long Island City, NY 2014.
"LAGCC Family" - LaGuardia Photography Gallery, Long Island City, NY 2014.
"Transition - Alumni Photo Exhibition" - Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ 2014.
"Saving Art" - Greater Astoria Historical Society, Astoria, New York 2010.
"Face of LAGCC" - LaGuardia Photography Gallery, Long Island City, New York 2010.
"Focus Photography" - Museum of Modern Art, New York 2010.
"Queens Art Festival" - Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York 2009.
Spring Photography Contest Finalist, Photographer's Forum Magazine 2016.
College Photography Contest Finalist, Photographer's Forum Magazine 2015.
The Last Picture Show Finalist, New York Photo Festival 2015.
Honorable Mention of the PDN contest 2012.
Winner of the Photographer's Forum 2011.
National Geographic Photo Camp, Camden, Maine, Fall 2007.
National Geographic Photo Camp, Queens, New York, Summer 2007.